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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Leeshaw Reservoir

                               Birders Paradise, shoreline and birds

                                Will check pics later for white winged !
                                   Goose numbers building
                        Up to 500 small gulls
                                            Overwintering Meadow Pipits
                                   Goldfinch after seeds
      Flock of 32 Meadow Pipits
                                          Juv Common gull

Leeshaw was absolutely alive this morning in perfect conditions, light N>3, clear blue skies and a heavy overnight frost.
One of those mornings where it was overwhelming trying to catch everything that moved as well as check the birds present.
The water has been lowered leaving a good shoreline which will be useful next month when the waders start moving, this morning it was packed with gulls and geese..
A good flock of Mipits were moving around whilst a Curlew was calling on the moor but kept over the ridge out of sight.
No Golden Plover back at Upper Marsh yet .

63 Greylag
21 Canada
4 pr Mallard
1 Curlew
46 Lapwing
32 Meadow Pipit
c 500 Small gulls
c 140 LBB gulls > NW
4 Herring gull >W
1 GBB >W
5 Goldfinch
1 Siskin
5 Mistle Thrush
16 Redwing
c 40 Fieldfare
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